Religious Sites

Sacred Islands BrochureThe Maltese are among the oldest Christian peoples in the world. St. Paul, shipwrecked as a captive en route to Rome in A.D. 60, brought the Christian faith to Malta. His steps can be retraced in the shrines, grottos and catacombs of Rabat and in the ancient capital, Mdina.

There are over 360 churches and chapels scattered throughout the islands. You can usually locate the centre of any town or village by driving towards the parish church which dominates the skyline, although many may have more than one large church and several chapels. You can't help but notice the islands' Baroque churches with their red or silver painted domes. They form an integral part of the landscape and are at the heart of Maltese social and cultural life.

Many of these buildings are veritable works of art. You will notice how local craftsmen and artisans adorned the inside and exteriors of churches and cathedrals with intricate decorations and stone sculptures depicting saints, angels and sacred symbols.

Perhaps most intriguing of all religious sites are the small, wayside chapels. Some are excavated in the rock; others cling to cliffs. All are places of quiet contemplation.

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St. John's Co-Cathedral

St. John's Co-Cathedral

St. John's Street, Valletta, Malta Described as the first complete example of the high Baroque anywhere, St. John’s Cathedral epitomises the role of its original patrons, the Knights of St. John.
Tel:+356 21220536
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St. Joseph Church

St. Joseph Church

Triq San Ġużepp, Qala, Gozo The parish church of il-Qala was designed by Dun Ġużepp Diacono, the same architect-priest who designed the church of l-Għasri. It was constructed between 1882 and 1889, when he was serving as parish priest in il-Qala.
Tel:+356 21551211
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St. Margaret Church

St. Margaret Church

Triq Ta' Ċenċ, Ta’ Sannat, Gozo Ta’ Sannat was one of the first villages in Gozo to become a parish separate from ir-Rabat in 1688. The building of the present parish church dedicated to St Margaret the Martyr commenced on the site of a smaller church in 1718, but underwent several structural changes in the 1860s.
Tel:+356 21551211
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St. Mary Church

St. Mary Church

Triq il-Knisja, Żebbuġ, Gozo The church of St. Mary in Żebbuġ is spectacular for its onyx (Gozo alabaster) interior – a recent addition to a much older church.
Tel:+356 21551211
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St. Mary of Jesus Church (Ta' Gieżu)

St. Mary of Jesus Church (Ta' Gieżu)

St. Ursola Street, Valletta, Malta One of two Franciscan churches in Valletta, the St Mary of Jesus Church (Ta’ Gieżu) was built in the early 1570s and designed by Gerolamo Cassar.
Tel:+356 22915440
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St. Patrick's Church

St. Patrick's Church

St. John Bosco Street, Tas-Sliema, SLM 1925, Malta St. Patrick's Church, a Roman Catholic Church, is within the Parish of 'St. Gregory the Great' in Sliema.
Tel:+356 21330238
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St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral

St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral

West Street, Valletta, Malta At the end of Archbishop Street in Valletta is St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral. It was built between 1839 and 1844 and funded by the Dowager Queen Adelaide widow of King William IV.
Tel:+356 21225714
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St. Paul's Bay Parish Church

St. Paul's Bay Parish Church

Tower Street, St. Paul’s Bay, Malta St. Paul's Bay has always been a Summer resort, and with the increase of summer residents at the beginning of the present century St. Paul's Sanctuary became too small.
Tel:+356 21579266
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